Intro: 3D Lego Chessboard
This instructable page is about a 3D chess board made out of Legos. The design is my own, but go ahead and make it yours!
Step 1: Step 1: the Base
I designed the base to have a low center of gravity and with lots of contact points so that it is a very sturdy base. How I made the base was by making a diagonale square using many 1xX bricks(Ex: 1x4 1x6 1x8 etc.). I also decided to make the base somewhat hollow but still using many, well placed supports. On the top of the supports, I put flat pieces, but I left a 2x6 spot open in one of the ends of the side to place a certain piece later.
Step 2: Step 2: the Main Support
The main, center support ended up being the strongest of all. This is good because it needs to hold 2 "playing areas/spaces". This was made by having 8 1x14 holed pieces and then putting 15 hole support in an X pattern next to one another. Atop the supports, have a support platform 6x28. Then finally, add on the 2 transition play area/spaces.
Step 3: Step 3: Lower Main Area
This is a 32x16 peg area for one of the two teams to start at(4x8 square area). The actual board was made by putting 2 layers of flat pieces together. The supports were made by having 2 support beams going off to either side, then have 2 extra supports to hold the whole thing in place.
Step 4: Step 4: the Upper Area
This was the hardest part for me to make because it needed to be so tall and I wanted it to be made out of supports rather than regular bricks. A trick is to stick with a criss-cross pattern. I also added a strait horizontal support so help balance it out. You can add supports between this and the middle support to make this one more secure.
Step 5: Step 5: Add Coloured Squares
I chose to add white sticker paper squares that I cut out but that is because I didnt have enough of one color 4x4 lego square but if you do, then by all means, use them. Each "square" is 4 pegs by 4 pegs.
That is it. Make up your own rules and use your imagination. Have fun!